The law, sir, is an ass 4

A fascinating article from Caroline Glick.

WHEREAS UPON examination it is clear that the Obama administration is wrong in insinuating that Israel is in breach of its international legal commitments through its refusal to bar Jewish construction in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem, the Obama administration’s own policy toward the Palestinians places it in clear breach of both binding international law and domestic US law.

On September 28, 2001, the UN Security Council passed binding Resolution 1373. Resolution 1373, which was initiated by the US government, and was passed by authority of Chapter VII, committed all UN member states to “refrain from providing any form of support, active or passive, to entities or persons involved in terrorist acts.” Resolution 1373 further required UN member states to “deny safe haven to those who finance, plan, support, or commit terrorist acts or provide safe haven” to those that do.

In 1995, the US State Department acknowledged that Hamas fits the legal definition of a terrorist organization. Today, due to its policies toward Hamas, the Obama administration is in breach of both Resolution 1373 – that is, of international law – and of US domestic law barring the provision of support and financing to foreign terrorist organizations.

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  • thermonuclearman

    The reason the Left love the Palestinians so much is the same reason they admire Stalin and Mao. Leftism presents itself as lofty and superior ethically, but really represents the most base and most uncivilized instincts of primitive man. As such, it is simply a mistake to say that the political Left’s alliance with the Islamic Right is an aberration in any way. It is wholly as one would expect.

  • Winnie

    PS to Caroline Glick. I believe Dickens’s character actually wrote “The Law is A Ass” But good article, nevertheless.

  • Winnie

    Dear aeschines, I believe that the thought has always been that it is self-loathing that lies behind the Left’s hatred for Israel. It is often middle class, comfortably-off people who want to show sympathy for the masses, or for Palestinian peasants, or something like that. By displaying their sensitivities loudly, like designer clothes, they are saying that they are good, they are not privileged, that they are not guilty of succeeding where others fail.

    ( I think it is nuts. I like success, ambition, effort and people who better their lot and I like it if they leave money to ease the lives of their children too.)

    The Israeli connection is so obvious. Here is a country that was incredibly built out of desert dust. By supreme effort the people recovered from the extermination camps, built a country, fought off all the Arabs, won Nobel prizes, made a functional, just modern civil pluralist and secular society. Of course the Left, who hate themselves and their prosperous antecedents, would consider this country a paradigm of everything they hate. They want ‘social justice’ not freedom.

    Jillian Becker, who started the Athiest Conservative website, has written brilliantly on these themes in her book Hitlers’ Children and in her article on that mystic Lefty, Simone Weil. I recommend her work and others of a similar mind!

    All the best, Winnie.

  • aeschines

    The utter disregard by the Left for Israel is truly mindboggling. It’s something so utterly bizarre that I can even begin to comprehend it. It seems that once the progressive thing TO DO was to support Israel (see Eleanor Roosevelt). It does not seem rational on any level that the Left would want to withdraw support for such a progressive country in that part of the world.

    On top of that, in an even weirder turn of events, because of their unyielding hatred of the Jewish State, the Left actively supports a culture (hardcore Islam) that is diametrically opposed to everything for which the Left stands.

    I’ve read dozens of articles trying to explain this, but I have yet to find one that presents even a somewhat conceivable reason why the Left does this.

    Can anyone help me to understand the Left’s hatred for Israel?